The Blonde

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Woo wee, that was a fun, fast, furious ride! I just finished up "The Blonde" by Duane Swierczynski, after just starting it a couple of days ago.  Yeah, it is short but it is also in that "nearly impossible to put down" category.  You just have to see what happens next.  I think I'll have to pick up his debut novel, "The Wheelman". I mean, you have to have high hopes for a mystery thriller that starts out:

"I poisoned your drink,"

"Excuse me?"

"You heard me."

"Um, I don't think I did."

The blonde lifted her cosmopolitan. "Cheers."

And then doesn't let you go for a second.  The book is very accurately described on the back cover thusly:

It's your typical love story: Boy meets girl. Girl kidnaps boy. Boy loses girl and is pursued by a profiessional killer carrying a decaptitated head in a gym bag.

There's poison, nano-technology, heads blowing up, assinations, puking, cab rides and even a little kinky sex.  Swierczynski does a pretty good job of keeping it all straight, although there was a least one gaping logical hiccup.  But in a book so short and so fast, I hardly even noticed.  If you like mystery/thrillers at all, you owe it to yourself to grab this book!

I'd also like to add a shoutout to lulubird6 for her pointer to Library Elf, a great new web app that interacts with your library and sends you a daily email telling you of the status of your books.  It also includes a recommendation for other books that might interest you (what doesn't, these days?).  It has already pointed out one overdue book I have.  Really nice service!

The Blonde
Duane Swierczynski



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Looks fascinating!  Makes me want to go get it now:)

Just snagged this at the library.  Looking forward to it but it'll have to wait until after Cormac McCarthy's The Road.

It's a pretty easy read. Like I said, I did it in about 3 days, without even trying hard!   Great fun. I have to get his first one, "The Wheelman" and check it out.

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